Miriam-Webster has redefined the word, “collapse.” It’s now: leading by 18 points with 7:45 remaining in the 4th quarter only to be outscored 30-5 and lose 124-117.
Yup. 30-to-freaking-5. This Celtics team has no heart. They’re gutless. Those are the only acceptable descriptions for this type of loss.
Kyrie Irving (31 points, 12-23 FG) had such a great game until the final 90 seconds when he opted for hero 3-pointers (two misses) instead of drives to the basket. And then, with the Celtics trailing by one with 45 seconds remaining, he had the ball stripped in the backcourt.
Naturally, Kyrie didn’t accept any blame in the post-game scrum. He blamed “the young guys” again. LEADERSHIP!
Marcus Smart (6 points, 2-10 FG, 3 TOs, 5 fouls) did his part with a disastrous three possession stint (missed open 3, offensive foul, offensive foul) as the Celtics were trying to stem Charlotte’s rally.
This loss is nothing new. It’s who they are. And if you think this team is changing its personality in the playoffs, you’re crazy. It doesn’t matter who is healthy.
And to make matters worse, Robert Williams bruised his back on a nasty fall.